The list, revealed in France Football magazine, includes the likes of Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard.
But Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the heavy favourite to win the award, with the ceremony taking place on Tuesday December 1.
2008 Ballon dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Or winner and World Footballer of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo, will prove MessiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s closest competitor.
The Portuguese superstar played a significant part in retaining Manchester UnitedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Premier League title for a third successive season during 2008-09, and the world-record signing has been in unstoppable form for Real Madrid this term Ã¢â‚¬â€œ scoring nine goals from just seven games in all competitions Ã¢â‚¬â€œ until being forced out through injury in recent weeks.
The full list is as follows:
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